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Be Like Water

Posted Feb 26 2010 12:00am

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”

- Bruce Lee

I love this quote by Bruce Lee how he talks about the power of the fluid. To me water is representative of persistence as well.

We show up on our mats every day to do this practice of yoga and we become water. We are present enough to let the practice evolve and we move with it.

We become the surf lapping up against the cliff side, some days we make a lot of progress, other days we may take away just one grain of sand. We just keep showing up on our mat and over time we start to see changes. We are a little kinder, a little softer, sometimes wiser. Often it is so subtle it is barely noticeable, other times we make quantum leaps.

Eventually we carve out a beautiful practice for ourselves. We show up and calmly, mindfully yet relentlessly and passionately practice our yoga. With unyielding consistency and persistence the transformation takes place.

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